- Jussie Smollett was an a “real victim”Of “a real crime,”At his trial on Monday, his lawyer said so.
- Smollett faces charges that he falsely reported that he was the victim a racist attack to police.
- Smollett has pleaded guilty to the charges but maintained that he was assaulted on January 2019.
Jussie Smollett was an a “real victim”Of “a real crime,”The ex-“Empire”During opening statements of his criminal trial, actor’s lawyer stated to jurors that he had staged a hate crime against him in order to gain publicity.
“Jussie was not a person who liked attention. Even his publicist was frustrated at him for that,”Nenye Uche, Smollett’s attorney, spoke to the jury on Monday about the opening of the trial. According to Chicago Tribune. “It’s fantasy.”
Smollett is Black and openly homosexual and is currently on trial for six counts of disorderly behavior. He is accused of falsely reporting to police that he had been the victim of a homophobic and racist attack in the early hours of January 29, 2019.
Smollett said that he was jumped at Chicago’s downtown Chicago by two men wearing ski masks. They shouted homophobic and racist slurs, and made a reference to the campaign slogan of then-President Donald Trump.
Investigators were also informed that he was beaten by the men who sprayed bleach on him, put a noose around it and beat him.
The Chicago Police Department made an announcement that Smollett was facing criminal charges for felony disorderly behavior, accusing him in order to advance his career, weeks after Smollett reported the incident.
Smollett pleaded not guilty and maintained that he was assaulted from the beginning.
Police said Smollett hired two brothers from Nigeria, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo — who will take the witness stand at Smollett’s trial — and paid them $3,500 to stage the attack because he was dissatisfied with his salary on “Empire.”
Uche stated that evidence would be presented to prove a sex crime at the Chicago trial’s beginning. “tremendous rush to judgment by various police officials.”
“At the end of the day they want you to believe Jussie was stupid enough to pay for a hoax with a check, but was smart enough to pay [for supplies] with a $100 bill,”Uche. According to the Associated Press.
Special prosecutor Dan Webb stated in his opening statement that Smollett died when he was a child. “reported the fake hate crime, that was a real crime.”
Webb stated to the jury, Abimbola Obsundairo will testify in his testimony that Smollett had texted him days prior to the incident telling him that he needed help. “help on the low,”According to the Chicago Tribune
“I want you to attack me, but when you hit me, I want you to kind of pull your punches a bit because I don’t want to get seriously hurt,”Webb claimed that Smollett had told the brothers, according to the news outlet.
Webb claimed that Smollett also told the brothers to tie a rope around his neck. “make it look more like a lynching, like a hate crime.”
Smollett was originally indicted on 16 counts in connection with the case. But, Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx dropped those charges.
Webb was then appointed by a judge as a special prosecutor in order to re-investigate this case. It was eventually brought to a second grand jury, which indicted Smollett in February 2020 on six charges of disorderly behavior.